Rebecca Fox

New means to effect rabbit-control plans

New means to effect rabbit-control plans

A new enforcement tool is being developed to ensure landowners not complying with new rabbit-control regulations are compelled to do so.

Wetland aerial spraying starts

The anxious wait for suitable weather conditions to allow aerial spraying to begin over the Waihola-Waipori wetlands ended yesterday, one the eve of World Wetlands Day.

ORC backs water plan

The Otago Regional Council is backing its approach to water management in Otago, saying it is "simpler and more cost-effective" than Government-backed recommendations for fresh water management.

Waipori pump station to get $1.1m upgrade

The pump station on the Waipori River, which keeps more than 7000ha of the Taieri Plain dry, is to get a $1.1 million refurbishment, including new pumps.

Doc pleased vulnerable penguin reported

Doc pleased vulnerable penguin reported

A Fiordland crested penguin starting its moult has been rescued from a beach at Ocean View, south of Dunedin - where it was at risk from dog attacks - and released at Sandfly Bay, on Otago Peninsula.

Gale-force winds to strike again

Severe gale-force westerly gusts whipped around Dunedin yesterday afternoon and are expected to return tonight.

No reprieve for high-pollution towns

No reprieve for high-pollution towns

Residents in Otago's high-pollution towns such as Alexandra, Arrowtown and Milton will not get a deferment from tight deadlines to improve their towns' air quality despite a Government announcement loosening the timeframes.

Fines from prosecutions pay way

After nearly three years of enforcement action and prosecutions, the Otago Regional Council is $82,000 in the black.

Increased consents charges dropped

Increased consents charges dropped

A proposal to increase charges for some resource consents has been voted down by a slim majority of Otago regional councillors.

Doubts over figures behind delay

Doubts over figures behind delay

Any delay in letting the public know the cost of constructing the Leith Lindsay Flood Protection Scheme had blown out was due to a lack of confidence in the figures provided by its consultants, Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead said.